Once upon a time…
… prophet Muhammad chose his foundation mares by a test of their courage and loyalty. While there are several variants on the tale, a common version states that after a long journey through the desert, Muhammad turned his band of horses loose to race to an oasis for a desperately needed drink of water. Before the band reached the water, Muhammad called for the horses to return to him. Only five mares responded. Because they faithfully returned to their master, though desperate with thirst, these mares became his favorites and were called ‘al Chamsa’, meaning, THE FIVE. These mares became the legendary. Their names were Kuhaila, Abeya, Saqlawiyah, Hamdaniyah and Hadbah. The modern definition of an Arabian as ‘al Chamsa’ usually refers to a horse that can be verified in every line of its pedigree to trace to specific named desert-bred Arabians with documentation that their breeding was attested to by a Bedouin seller who had sworn a formal oath (generally invoking Allah) that the animal was ‘asil’ or pure of blood. This standard is only met by approximately two percent of all registered Arabians today.
… With a distinctive head shape and high tail carriage, the Arabian is one of the most easily recognizable horse breeds in the world. Throughout history, Arabian horses have spread around the world by both war and trade, used to improve other breeds by adding speed, refinement, endurance, and strong bone.
… Today, Arabian bloodlines are found in almost every modern breed of a riding horse. They are one of the top ten most popular horse breeds in the world. They are now found worldwide, including the United States and Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, continental Europe, South America (especially Brazil), and their location of origin, the Middle East.
We at Avalon Club respect and value the heritage of our four-legged family members, although for us their character is more important than the percentage of Arabian blood they hold.
is a friend to all the ladies in our club, our only gelding and eponym to Avalon Horse Riding Club. He is 16 years old and is also a firm favourite with our male guests, as he flies like the wind yet is easy to ride and control.
is our leading lady to the band. She is a great teacher to first-step beginners and an outstanding trekking horse for longer rides as she is calm and gentle, but also has a lot of hardiness.
is the daughter of Amira and was recently introduced to saddle and tack. She is trained by Nasser to become a trekking horse, although for now both together seem to have more fun doing circus tricks.
was originally a rescue horse and is now one of our best school horses. She is gentle and patient in the manage, and an absolute favourite with our students who are looking to take the next step in English horse riding.
is the daughter of Tallulah and is like a big teddy bear. She is always present when our younger students are practicing their skills on grooming and handling a horse. She likes being scratched on her tummy and enjoys games like playing football. Asmae is at her first steps of education and enjoys the odd lunging lesson. She is very tall for her age and we are hopeful that one day she will step in Mum’s footsteps to become a great jumping horse.
our big pony, joined us about 10 months ago and we realized she is the perfect horse for children and teens! She loves anyone who is of small size and she is as calm as a cucumber when it comes to lessons in the club. Although, we do take her out to the desert and that is when this little pony remembers she has Arab blood, and ‘pepper in her bum’ as we say in Germany. She is a great horse for a quick trip if you like speed!
is the daughter of Nesma is the latest addition to Avalon Club and is just enjoying the attention from everyone. As our mares sleep together in a semi-open environment she often sneaks out of mommy’s box and visits everyone in the club. She visits the other horses, plays with the cats, lambs, two German Shepherds or steals the groom’s tools for catch-up.
joined Avalon Club in March and became a member of the band immediately as she was liked by everyone. Princessa is the perfect horse for hobby riders, especially teenagers who would like to take the next step from beginners to semi-professionals, as she needs a soft hand and lots of love to continue her way to recovery from previous maltreatment.
is the son of Princessa and a mini stallion/gigolo to watch! He is a favorite with the mares as he is tiny enough to run around in the club unseen by the staff and play games…. Makalo will be castrated in the winter before his hormones develop as we at Avalon Club believe in integration to the band to ensure the happiness and safety of our horses and guests!
was discovered during our trip to Cairo in September. After seeing her in schooling, we decided that she would be a great addition to our band and our club. Kaya is the perfect horse for beginners, as she is calm, quiet and super easy to handle.
is one of the sweetest boys we ever worked with. Jamil enjoys flying through the desert with his gracious pace and spirit, which only Arabian Horses are capable of, and is a true gentleman and softy. He is loved by children and adults alike!